Unique Connection Celebrated

14 April 2015 / News

The connection between composer and performer is unique. We’re excited to be taking part in a Chamber Music New Zealand and SOUNZ initiative during NZ Music Month that celebrates this relationship. In Wellington, Hamilton, Invercargill and Dunedin, with pianist Stephen de Pledge, we'll perform a programme curated by Ross Harris that includes chamber music by Bach, Mozart and Shostakovich alongside his own works.

Our performances will be part of a shared tour with NZTrio and the New Zealand Chamber Soloists. Each of the three ensembles will perform in different parts of the country during NZ Music Month, with Wellington audiences getting a pre-view in April in a concert presented in association with the Wellington Chamber Music Society. All three programmes have been curated by New Zealand composers who have chosen music that deeply influences them placed alongside their own compositions. Our programme includes the premiere of Ross Harris’s Piano Quintet.

"When given the privilege of curating a programme including two of my own pieces I chose Mozart and Shostakovich”, says Ross Harris. “Why?  In their late works they both exhibit mastery of form, clarity of thought and, perhaps most interesting to me, an apparent ease with which their intricate counterpoint and motivic development unfolds. Although quite different circumstances surrounded the creation of their musical worlds, their works reveal a profoundly moving fusion of emotion and technique."

New Zealand String Quartet 1st Violinist Helene Pohl explains: "Ross has put together a dramatic programme which perfectly reflects our shared artistic and musical values and will illuminate his own moving and thoughtful compositions. We are blessed as a quartet to have a continuous stream of brilliant works from such contemporary masters as Ross to add to our rich body of repertoire. We look forward to collaborating with the superlative Stephen De Pledge on the new Piano Quintet, and to sharing this great music with our audiences!"

Composer Connections is presented in association with SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music.

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